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FT - PLANNER I/II City of San Jose

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    Position and Duties The City of San Jose Planning staff work in a wide variety of roles, including current and long-range planning, environmental review, data
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 16, 2008
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      Position and Duties
      The City of San Jose Planning staff work in a wide variety of roles,
      including current and long-range planning, environmental review, data
      analysis and public information. The City of San Jose Planners are
      often given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of current
      planning practices through large and complex projects. A Planner I
      performs beginning level professional planning duties, including the
      analysis of planning issues, the preparation and presentation of
      reports or planning studies, and the processing of zoning and land use
      permits. A Planner II performs advanced level professional planning
      duties, including the analysis of planning issues, the preparation and
      presentation of reports or planning studies, and the processing of
      zoning and land use permits. This position requires independent
      judgment and initiative.
      Minimum Qualifications
      Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:

      Education: A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or
      university in planning, architecture, urban or regional planning,
      urban design, architecture, geography, environmental studies or a
      closely related field (degree must be received by the final filing date).

      Experience: Planner I - none; Planner II - Two years of experience
      equivalent to the level of Planner I with the City of San José or a
      Master¿s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or
      regional planning, urban design, architecture, geography, or
      environmental studies or a closely related field.

      Licenses or Certificates: A Master¿s Degree from an accredited
      college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design,
      architecture, geography, or environmental studies or a closely related
      field can substitute for the required two years of experience for
      Planner II (sixty semester hours of relevant graduate course work can
      substitute for the required graduate degree).

      Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide
      verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be
      informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor
      condition application with the Department of Labor.
      Competencies
      The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as
      demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable
      qualifications for this position include:

      Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and purposes of city planning and
      the current trends in Federal, State, and local planning;

      Knowledge of nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, techniques,
      and instruments used in planning, and mapping;

      Knowledge of zoning and general plan principles;

      Knowlegde of organization of local government and basic concepts of
      public administration;

      Knowlegde of environmental law;

      Knowlegde of computer tools such as spreadsheet, presentation, GIS,
      web, and graphics programs.

      Ability to apply planning principles and practices to professional
      planning duties;

      Ability to carry out complex oral and written instructions and prepare
      comprehensive and concise reports;

      Ability to manage City review of complex development proposals;

      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with
      associates, government officials, and representatives of various
      groups and organizations;

      Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data pertaining to planning
      and zoning projects;

      Ability to analyze and interpret statistical, economic, and highly
      technical data pertaining to City planning;

      Ability to use computer programs involved in the performance of job
      functions;

      Ability to work independently, with little day-to-day supervision
      Selection Process
      The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the
      applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume
      and answers to the job-specific questions.

      You must answer all job-specific questions and complete the Education
      and Work History sections of the application in order to be considered
      for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and
      withheld from further consideration.

      Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the positions will
      be forwarded to the interview phase of the selection process.

      You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions in
      the online application process:

      1. Do you have a Bachelors degree (degree must be received by the
      final filing date) in one of the following areas: urban or regional
      planning, urban design, architecture, geography, or environmental studies?

      2. Do you have a Master's degree (degree must be received by the
      final filing date) in one of the following areas: urban or regional
      planning, urban design, architecture, geography, or environmental studies?

      3. Do you have any professional or volunteer work experience related
      to land use planning? If yes, please briefly describe the
      responsibilities and length of the experience.

      4. Do you have experience with analytical writing? If yes, please
      insert a short writing sample (2000 words or less) that demonstrates
      your analytical writing ability.

      5. Please list the computer software programs, including GIS, web,
      graphics and database software, with which you are familiar and
      indicate your level of competency for each.



      This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or
      other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment
      in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered
      for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this
      recruitment.

      If you have questions, comments or concerns about the duties,
      recruitment, selection or hiring process, please contact Delanie
      LoFranco in the Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department at
      (408) 535-7903 or by e-mail at: delanie.lofranco@....
      Employee Unit
      Employees in this classification are represented by Municipal
      Employee's Federation (MEF), AFSCME, Local No. 101.

      If your online application was successfully submitted, you will
      receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you
      provided. If you do not receive the confirmation, please email
      CityJobs@... and we will research the status of your
      application.
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